UPDATE: Saturday Nov. 16
Reporter Alison Knezevich writes “Former Ravens player Terrence Cody was acquitted Monday of the most serious animal cruelty charges against him but found guilty of multiple other counts after a trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
The charges stemmed from the January death of Cody’s dog Taz. Prosecutors alleged the animal starved to death.
Cody, 27, was found not guilty of two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. But Judge Judith C. Ensor convicted him of five other counts related to failing to provide care for Taz. She also found him guilty of illegally possessing an alligator.
Cody also was convicted of two drug charges related to marijuana and paraphernalia found in his former home in Reisterstown.
His girlfriend, Kourtney J. Kelley, 28, was also charged in the case. She was acquitted of the aggravated animal cruelty and drug charges. She was found guilty of five counts in connection with neglecting Taz.
Cody and Kelley initially faced 15 counts each.
Ensor scheduled sentencing Jan. 5 for Cody and Jan. 22 for Kelley”. source:baltimoresun.com
UPDATE: Saturday Nov. 14
On the witness stand in his own defense today, Terrence Cody said he loved dogs and has had them as pets ever since he was 5 years old, the Baltimore Sun reports. He said he even sneaked one into his college dorm.
Cody and his uncle run a breeding operation in Alabama. When Taz started losing weight in December 2014, Cody said his uncle thought he might have worms and advised Cody to give him medication for the condition.
On the night of Jan. 19, Cody wrapped Taz in a blanket and, finally, took the emaciated dog to a veterinarian.
“I asked them could they help me with my dog, because my dog was very sick,” he testified, according to WBAL.
When he was told Taz died hours later, Cody said he was “speechless. I went into my own little world. I was still shocked that he was gone.”
Prosecutors say Cody and his girlfriend, Kourtney J. Kelley, neglected Taz for a month. Yesterday a forensics veterinarian testified that the dog did not have worms.
Baltimore County Police Sgt. Andrew MacLellan testified today that when he executed a search warrant on Cody’s property two days after Taz died, he found the dog’s cage, filled with feces and vomit, in the garage. He said the smell was so bad he and other detectives had to hold their noses and cover their mouths.
Cody told him Taz had only become sick a few days before he died, MacLellan testified. He said he kept him in the garage because he was a guard dog.
During the search, the detectives also found drug paraphernalia and a 3-foot-long alligator in a small tank.
The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday. Judge Judith C. Ensor will decide the verdict since Cody and Kelley chose a bench trial rather than a trial by jury.
END UPDATE: Saturday Nov. 14
Terrence Cody, a two-time consensus All-American defensive lineman for Alabama was indicted by Baltimore County grand jury on 15 animal abuse charges. On the same day, Cody was officially released by the Baltimore Ravens. The charges stem from the death of Cody’s dog, a bullmastiff.
Cody was free on $10,000 bail and living in Georgia.
The charges include two counts of aggravated animal cruelty with a dog, five counts of animal abuse or neglect with the same dog, one count of illegal possession of an alligator and five counts of animal abuse or neglect with the alligator. Cody also was indicted on one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana. His girlfriend faces the same charges.
This story gets even more disgusting. The indictment alleges the abuse took place between Dec. 19 and Jan. 19 and says Cody intentionally tortured and inflicted unnecessary suffering on a bullmastiff named Taz, then “intentionally cruelly” killed it. The indictment also alleges Cody did not provide the dog with proper food, water, veterinary care, space and shelter.
The indictment charges Cody with illegally importing a live alligator into Maryland, then failing to provide the alligator with proper food, water, veterinary care, space and shelter
Terrence Cody… real men save animals not torture and kill them. I bet you feel like a real tough guy torturing a helpless animal.